The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age
Who will be in power in the 21st century? Governments? Big business? Internet titans? And how do we influence the future?
Digital technology is changing power at a faster rate than any time in history. Distrust and inequality are fuelling political and economic uncertainty. The scaffolding built around the global order is fragile, and the checks and balances created over ce...more
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A selection of my favourite passages from the book
• And on the issue of their charm depended A land laid waste with all its young men slain, Its women weeping, and its towns in terror. W. H. Auden, ‘The Embassy’
• Making peace is easier when you have shown you can make war.
• Few jobs can be as exciting, and such a privilege. They give you an extraordinary insight into moments of history, and the characters who shape them.
• Diplomacy is action not reportage, so diplomats will need ...more
Over to you, Your Excellencies.
As an International Relations and Diplomacy/ Global development student this book was recommend to me by many many people, from actual ambassadors I was fortunate enough to meet and lecturers trying to get us to inhale as much information as we could.
The wit that Tom Fletcher brings to such an important issue, one that has a grip on our lives (spoken ...more
Fletcher’s writing and work in Lebanon is very inspiring: I feel pushed to participate and fully use the potential of social media to interact and raise issues the way he did. But it is also very delicate: Ministries of Foreign Affairs are very closed entities, putting severe restrictions on interactions of diplomats with media ...more
The chapters directly dealing with Fletcher as Ambassador of his country to Lebanon are in my point of view the best.
Tom's overview of diplomacy as a profession really is much more than just that. It's a preamble to a manifesto for future global coexistence. A fantastic book which is relevant to all of us, not just those working formally in diplomacy.
Rather, this is a masterful account of how diplomacy has changed since the days of Ug, Castlereagh and Churchill. Whilst in places it may seem pessimistic, it is merely honest and the overall tone of the book is hugely optimistic for what the fu ...more
It was both an honour and a privilege to have met Tom Fletcher in person.
An insightful context of International ...more
Soft power compliments hard power and it is not a mere substitution for it: boots on the ground and ebooks in device....keeping peace!!
Yet, the book in hand is a handbook for future Diplomats, state-men and public servants.
p.s.: A question his excellency can think the answer for....why does UK have two embassies????
It's very well written and entertaining to read, and really clarifies the connection between tech, politics, and diplomacy. I suggest that anyone with the smallest interest in diplomacy and politics read this book.
I read it for my master’s thesis research in cultural diplomacy. Wasn’t very helpful as I expected. However, am sure it’s great for diplomats.
Would recommend it .. due to some great chapters in it
I only gave one star because it showed little true understanding into the rise of popularism. You will read the same arguments you get in the Guardian or the Times i.e. that big tech allows anyone to publish what they want online and people are swayed by fake news, and not enough minorities in the foreign office- It lacks nuance. Are we really that stupid? White working class males are the biggest under achievers in British schools and the most neglected. I am not surpris ...more
I think it is kind of a visionary set-out for diplomatic profession, if you wish to remain relevant as diplomat, you need to adapt to new 'modus-operandi'.
The book and author's enthusiasm and energy led to the publishing of a report on the future of the Foreign Office - British Diplomacy (it is called "Future of FCO report")
It failing is its failure to properly defend its relentless - and occasional infectious- optimism about both the future of technology and geopolitics.
Definitely worth a read though.